"I've never had so many options in one camera!"
by Skip Cohen
Most of you know I am not a professional photographer. I don't make a living as an artist because my passion is the business and marketing side of imaging. But that doesn't mean I don't love and respect the craft. And, hanging out with so many of you for so many years, I've learned a lot. As a result, I know more than I let on.
I've been shooting with LUMIX cameras since the GH3 almost six years ago. Every camera I've worked with has been a stellar tools, often making me look more talented than I deserve. But it's not just LUMIX gear that's spectacular, but the dedication of Panasonic to live up to the LUMIX tagline, "Changing Photography." They never slow down in developing tools/features to help artists raise the bar on the quality of their images.
If you haven't checked out the LUMIX channel on YouTube, find the time. There's so much great content from videos like the one I'm sharing today with Annie Griffiths to mini webinars with some of the most talented photographers in the industry.
Annie Griffiths needs to be on your radar. As a LUMIX Ambassador, she's also part of the LUMIX Ambassador team. This group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photo, and all the ambassadors are sharing great content. Check out the LUMIX Photographers Facebook page too - there are always great conversations and imaging being shared.
Happy Mirrorless Monday!
Finding out more about the LUMIX S Series cameras is just a click away on the banner below.
by Skip Cohen
Saturday on Facebook, LUMIX Ambassador Jordan Bunch posted the image above with one simple statement:
Amazing wedding tonight! So grateful to our clients for trusting us with their weddings
during this Wild time.
There are venues and then THERE ARE VENUES! The wedding was held at Hidden River Ranch in Lampasas, Texas. I love seeing a great venue getting back into the swing of business.
Click on the image to the right to link to their website.
Over the last week, at least six friends, who are photographers, told me they're starting to shoot again. Nothing major, just a nice trickle of business starting to flow. So, as much as I love the image Jordan shared above, I appreciated what he wrote even more.
The statement made through a photograph of a couple dancing in an open field is a story all its own. No big receptions, just proof of a couple's love, admiration and trust for each other...and their photographer.
Yes, that's a sappy way to look at it, but over the last few months, we've all had moments when hope and faith were buried under the stress of the pandemic. I also appreciated Jordan sharing the image on Facebook. Now, more than ever, social media is our best link to keep in touch. It's also where I spend the first hour of every day.
Jordan Bunch needs to be on your radar, along with the LUMIX Ambassador team. This group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photo, and all the ambassadors are sharing great content. Check out the LUMIX Photographers Facebook page too - there are always great conversations and imaging being shared.
About the image above, Jordan wrote:
My new favorite way to shoot portraits is to use the long end of my 70-200 2.8 as a wide lens. So I rack the lens out to 200mm or near it and then scoot WAY back. This gives me amazing compression and gorgeous bokeh on a composition that otherwise 99% of photographers would take with a much wider focal length.
Interested in finding out what Jordan's shooting with? Click on either thumbnail below.
Image copyright Dave Stock. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
It's Mirrorless Monday, and I found this image shared by my buddy Dave Stock. At first glance, it looked like a cartoon character. It's pretty remarkable. Keep in mind I'm sharing a screenshot, and it's still got incredible detail. Give it a click and view in the SCU Lightbox.
I'm amazed to see how well Post Focus assisted by Dual IS can do, even when hand held at 1/60th with a long lens (50-200mm at 200mm on a G9). I was in my pool and held the camera overhead, viewing on the articulated screen as this guy perched on a lounge overlooking our pool.
Click on either thumbnail below for more information about the remarkable technology of the G9 and the LUMIX G Leica 50-200mm lens.
Dave Stock is a photographer who should be on your radar. Keep up with what he's doing and follow him on Instagram. And if you're on Facebook, wander over to the Lumix Photographers Community. With over 9,000 members, artists from all over the world are always sharing great images and creative ideas to help you build your skillset and vision.
by Skip Cohen
Most of you know I don't make a living as a photographer. My passion is the business and marketing side, and that's where most of my career has been spent. However, hanging out with artists like Don Komarechka and Mike Moats over the last few years, I was bound to learn something.
Both Don and Mike have had a significant influence on the way I look at things, paying more attention to tiny details in the world around me. The little guy above was at best 3/16 of an inch and was just sitting on the pool cage's frame. We've had a lot of storms lately, and at first, I thought it was a chunk of dirt!
I missed the opportunity to get a shot to give you an idea of just how tiny this guy was. It's rare I've seen a frog this small, but here's roughly the size of the frog before the macro lens and enlargement.
The thumbnail on the right, with my new buddy next to a drop of water from the storm, shows how little he is too.
I took off this week to chill and enjoy time with Sheila and the pups. A side benefit was seeing this guy and having the time I needed to grab a camera. And while my skill set is still work in progress, having the right tools sure helps.
I should have used a tripod, but I didn't have a lot of time before "Kermit" took off. So, handheld and following him (or her) everywhere for about ten minutes was all I had.
I love the LUMIX G9, and teaming up with the LUMIX G 30mm macro lens, a Playpod Max, the new goosenecks, and two Litra Torch 2.0s gave me what I needed.
I also had some fun with Luminar, but only for minor tweaking. I lightened the image, sharpened slightly, cropped, enlarged, and erased a couple of distracting dirt spots.
The short video clip below was simply for the fun of it. The LUMIX line makes it so easy to push a button and grab a few seconds of video.
Shooting macro, handheld without a tripod, and having no video skills whatsoever, made focus a challenge. A tripod would have helped a lot, but at this point in my ten-minute adventure, I was standing on a ladder as my little buddy moved up the wall!
We've all been in some form of lockdown for almost three months. That means lots of time on our hands to do something different. Playing in the macro world is a kick, and with every image I get, I start to understand Don and Mike's love for the craft just a little better.
Click on any of the three thumbnails below for more information.
by Skip Cohen
About forty-five minutes south of us is a sweet (and expensive) little community called Boca Grande. On Saturday, in a goal to just get out of the house, we threw the pups in the car and headed south for a ride. I didn't feel like taking a lot of gear but wanted a camera with me. I took the LUMIX GX85 with the kit lens, the LUMIX 12-32mm.
As we crossed the causeway into Boca Grande, it was obvious we were late for the party. As I stood on the shore at the base of the bridge, I was initially disappointed in the coverage. This is the moment when so many of us "should on ourselves," as we regret not taking another lens with a longer focal length.
The image above is straight out of the can. It was shot handheld in panoramic mode and easy to hold relatively level since I had the skyline to work with as I panned. I had walked up into the no pedestrian section of the causeway bridge and shot in IA mode. I wanted to get in and out quickly.
I really appreciated the results. The image at the top is enlarged 120%, with the only tweak being clarity and exposure in Luminar. Click on the image to view in the SCU LightBox. And for the fun of it, I took the Sherif's boat on the right to 200%.
LUMIX GX85 4K Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Kit, 12-32mm Lens,
16 Megapixels, Dual Image Stabilization, Electronic Viewfinder, WiFi
Panasonic's never strayed from their original commitment to "Changing Photography:"
"Nearly half the size of most DSLRs, the DMC-GX85 delivers impressive large sensor performance in the most compact camera system ever designed by Panasonic LUMIX."
The LUMIX GX85, with its ability to take interchangeable lenses and most of the same features as its bigger "siblings," is a perfect little camera for travel and more.
Click on the GX85 image above for more information.
Intro by Skip Cohen
This is the last "installment" in Mark's Corner for his week off from work to having fun in photography. For so many of us, photography is helping keep our sanity during the downtime. Mark's been having fun all week long with a camera in his hands, not for clients, but his own enjoyment. And considering my role with Platypod, it's fun to see how a Platypod Max was Mark's perfect hiking companion.
Check out more of Mark's work by stopping by his website and blogs. As a member of the LUMIX team at Panasonic, you'll find a lot of solid content on making the most of LUMIX cameras. If you're on Facebook, wander over to the Lumix Photographers Community. With over 9,000 members, artists from all over the world are always sharing great images and creative ideas to help you build your skillset and vision.
by Mark Toal
Today I had to get out of the house. The sun came out after a rainy, cool morning. I could hear power boats on the Willamette River near where I live just south of Portland, Oregon. Huge clouds were rolling across the sky, perfect for a time lapse video. I knew exactly where I could get a great view of the sky and the widest part of the river.
I own about four tripods, but I’ve never liked using one. A while ago Platypod sent me one of their "tripods." I’ve been using it where I need to hold the camera steady, in this case for a 30-minute time lapse. As you can see it’s not a traditional tripod, but instead a very small plate with adjustable legs.
I carry a Panasonic camcorder with me because it’s very quick and easy to set up for time-lapse videos when I’m out hiking. As you can see in the photo, I attached the Camcorder to the Platypod, set it on a light post to shoot an image every second. After 30 minutes I turned off the camera, put the whole set-up in my sling bag and went home.
As the Camcorder recorded the time-lapse, I walked around the park taking photos with my Lumix S1. I love setting the S1 to a 2:1 size ratio to give me a panoramic looking scene that you see in this image.
Intro by Skip Cohen
This series got started when my pal, Mark Toal, sent me an email saying he was taking off for a week and playing with photography, as opposed to his usual role at Panasonic with a camera in his hands. He asked if I'd be willing to run a new piece each day, and I jumped at the chance!
The pandemic has changed all of our lives, especially when it comes to keeping in touch with family and friends. Like many of you, Sheila and I have a regular Skype call with our kids, usually on Sunday afternoon, but they're adults.
I love this piece Mark's sharing today, along with his YouTube channel just for his granddaughters! Somehow, the "Hoboken Chicken Emergency" seems perfect for the challenges we're all facing these days! Besides, we've binge-watched every series on Netflix and Amazon we can find - time for the Mark Toal storybook channel!
by Mark Toal
When the shutdown for the Covid-19 virus first started the first thing that occurred to me is that I wasn’t going to see my granddaughters for a while. I could make do with less toilet paper and flour and trips to Costco, but not seeing Hadley and Eliza for weeks was too hard to think about.
We were able to FaceTime, but it just wasn’t enough, so I had the idea to read them books on video and upload them to YouTube. This might give them something to remember during this period with Papa Mark.
I’ve wanted to learn to be more comfortable on video and this seemed like a good way to practice and only have a 5 and 7-year old see it.
Because I’m a photographer it gave me the justification to buy the new wooden tripod that you can see in the photo of my simple video set-up. I also used my Lumix G9 with the Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 lens and a Rode microphone.
Because I’m shooting these in my dining room, I set the camera to aperture priority in the custom video mode and choose f/2.8. This way the cluttered background would be out of focus. I used face detection to stay focused on my eyes and shot in 1080P to keep the file sizes smaller. I decided to keep in as simple as possible and just use window light.
Click on the title to see me reading The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater.
Mark's using the LUMIX G9 and LUMIX 12-35mm f2.8 lens. Just click on the thumbnails below for more information.
Intro by Skip Cohen
Mark Toal is back today with a great approach to thinking about which of his cameras is his favorite - a grandchild simply asked the question. While Mark works for Panasonic and has an extensive collection of cameras to choose from, I felt really good knowing that his favorite one was mine.
But let's take his question a step further. Very few of you work for a camera company, but you have closets full of gear. As your skill set has grown, so has your selection of cameras and lenses. Think about your favorite camera over the years - not the one you may have used to build your business, but the one you pick up when you're shooting for your own enjoyment. What's the one camera you'll take on the first family vacation after the pandemic is over.
The FZ1000 is pretty remarkable, but there's another fun benefit. I remember Ann Montieth, educator, author, and past president of PPA telling me about having her camera with her at a concert. She was stopped by security and told professional cameras (any camera with an interchangeable lens) weren't allowed. When they saw it was a fixed lens, she went back into the amateur category. LOL
One more thing to think about - since I'm on the topic of gear. Most of you have spent some of your downtime cleaning out closets. There isn't a school on the planet that has everything they need, especially when it comes to support for the arts. Now is a perfect time to take some of those older cameras, lenses, and lights and make a donation to your local high school. You just might be helping one of today's kids become the next famous artist!
Click on either thumbnail below for more information about the FZ1000 - then visit your LUMIX dealer! You won't be disappointed. And check out more of Mark's work by stopping by his website and blogs. As a member of the LUMIX team at Panasonic, you'll always find helpful and interesting content.
by Mark Toal
Since I work for Panasonic, I have a lot of cameras and two granddaughters to photograph? After seeing me use a dozen or more different models over the years the 4-year old asked me what’s my favorite camera?
Before I could answer she asked me what my favorite color is, but it got me thinking about different cameras. Last week on a YouTube video I heard somebody ask a guest what camera would you grab if could only have one?
I’m a camera snob and tech nerd so I wanted to have a great answer ready about the particular body and lens combination with the best sharpness, bokeh, high ISO, fast burst rate, etc. Boring, right? Then I thought about the camera that I always have in the car, the Lumix FZ1000, a bridge camera. I know you’re thinking this is a point and shoot camera with a 1” sensor. How can it be your only camera?
I’ve loved his camera since the first time that I took it to a street festival here in Portland a few years ago. I’m going to let the images speak for themselves. The 25-400mm f/2.8-4 lens is very sharp and perfect for a situation where you need to be a proper social distance from your subject as you can see in the photo of my nephew, Jules, at 150-400mm the bokeh is beautiful.
Since then I’ve used it for portraits, street photography, cowboy photos and a wedding, and my clients never knew that I wasn’t using a “real camera”. The FZ1000 is perfect for these strange times when you don’t know what you may find to photograph.
Images copyright Mark Toal. All rights reserved.
Intro by Skip Cohen
Mark Toal is no stranger to the SCU blog. We've shared a lot of posts from him, always well-seasoned with creativity and great images. Well, he's off of work this week and for the next five days he's sharing things he's doing in photography to help maintain his sanity!
Welcome to the first edition of "Mark's Corner."
The whole world is shut down and I decided to take a week off from work. Actually, I thought this was the week everything would open up again after being shut down for the past couple of months. I emailed Skip and suggested that I write a blog post everyday about how photography is keeping me sane during this time.
Photography has always been my therapy in hard times from when I was a shy kid who used a camera to feel like I had a reason to be in a social situation. Luckily, I’ve been hauling all of those old black and white negatives around for decades. Scanning them on these long nights has saved me from total boredom.
I wrote a blog here a couple of weeks ago about using my iPhone to scan old negatives. That works great for Facebook and Instagram, but it’s pretty low resolution. I didn’t want to invest in a new dedicated scanner, so I decided to try using my Lumix S1R with a Sigma 105mm Macro lens to photograph the negatives.
As you can see in the photo, I place the negative on a light table, put the S1R on a tripod pointed down and take a photo of the negative. You can do this with any digital camera as long as it has a macro lens. If you’re reading Skip’s blogs, you probably have a camera and tripod, so you just need an inexpensive light table.
Once the negatives file is in the computer, I open it in Photoshop, invert it to a positive image, adjust the contrast and clone out any dust spots.
The photo of my high school friend, Walter, was shot 120 Tri-X pan film and is now a 47-megapixel file ready to be printed.
Check out more of Mark's work by stopping by his website and blogs. As a member of the LUMIX team at Panasonic, you'll find a lot of solid content on making the most of LUMIX cameras. Follow the LUMIX Ambassador team too. The group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photography, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much great content they're sharing all the time.
Mark's using the new LUMIX full-frame S1R. More information is just a click away on the banner below.
by Skip Cohen
I've written a lot about the challenges for kids in the Class of 2020. Turn the clock back to your own high school graduation and think about the excitement in the air. Another chapter in your life was coming to a close, and friends, who many of you had known your entire life to that point, were also moving. It was a time of celebration.
Now fast forward to the challenges created by the pandemic, today. *POOF* Instead of celebrating, it's been a time of anxiety and loss. Moments today's seniors have looked forward to for many years became a giant question mark! But here's a small compromise solution to lessen the sting just a little.
It all starts with Todd White, his background and his skill set as a professional photographer. He specializes in fashion, commercial and portrait videography and photography. He partnered with the Project Graduation team from Georgetown High School to capture these kids' senior prom looks from their front porch.
Shooting both a vertical and horizontal image for those seniors involved in the program, Todd made sure they all had a memory-maker photograph of prom-time. Did the porch-traits replace prom? Of course not, but think about the impact Todd's having on his community as part of Project Graduation.
Todd White needs to be on your radar. His client list includes Facebook, Pinterest, The Alamo, Neiman Marcus, and various fashion designers. His commercial work has been published in Vogue, British Vogue, Elle, People, the Wall Street Journal as well as other publications. He is an Emmy award-winning Producer and Videographer for the Daytripper TV show on PBS and an instructor at Precision Camera and Video in Austin, TX.
He's also a LUMIX Ambassador. Check out Todd's website, along with the LUMIX Ambassador team. This group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photo, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. Check out the LUMIX Photographers Facebook page too - there are always great conversations and imaging being shared.
Todd captured his prom porch-traits with Panasonic's LUMIX S1R and the LUMIX S PRO 50mm lens. Click on either thumbnail below for more information.
The pandemic has changed all of our lives and businesses, especially most professional photographers. But sheltering in place doesn't have to mean your business. There are still things you can do to continue to build relationships with your community and clients.
Mother's Day was yesterday, but graduation and Father's Day are still on the horizon. Don't let the seasonality slip entirely by when there are still creative ways to maintain a presence for your business.
Portrait images copyright Paul Mango. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
After seven weeks of being hunkered down, we're all getting a little stir-crazy. While the "experts" battle it out over whose crystal ball is more accurate, and when it's going to be safe to be out, LUMIX Ambassador Paul Mango is putting his skill set to outstanding use. He's helping to raise money for face shields for medical workers.
He's been posting "porch-traits" on his Facebook page, but while the idea is great, what he wrote was even better:
More "porch-traits” from yesterday ... great day for a visit to “friends” and make some wonderful images and preserve memories from a distance. All photos are being done for “donations” that I am passing along to a student and former Eagle Scout from my local town who is 3D printing face shields for medical workers. Over 1,000 shields have been printed and delivered to date.
All photos captured from a minimum of 15-20 feet away using the Panasonic LUMIX G9 and Leica 100-400mm and/or the Panasonic LUMIX G85 and Leica 50-200mm lens. Hope the rest of the Ambassador team is staying well (and same)... up to 40 days in the house for me and the days just keep flying by...
Spring seasonality in imaging isn't going to disappear because of the pandemic. In fact, it's made the need for making memories and finding special moments to capture even stronger.
Don't miss the opportunity to have an impact on your community and your target audience by staying home. You can still be an artist and maintain the safety guidelines of social distancing, and as Paul Mango's doing, give back. Check out Paul's Instagram page, along with the LUMIX Ambassador team. The group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photo, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much great content they share. Check out the LUMIX Photographers Facebook page too - there are always great conversations and images being shared.
And, to check out the gear Paul's using, click on any of the four thumbnails below. I've been shooting with the LUMIX G9 for almost a year, and it's a remarkable camera! Panasonic's LUMIX tagline is "Changing Photography," and with every camera, in the LUMIX line, they've never strayed from giving artists the most creative tools available to capture outstanding images!
by Skip Cohen
It's Mirrorless Monday, and my buddy Mark Toal is back with a stunning image he shared on Facebook recently. Besides the image itself, there's another point he made that hit home.
We're all hunkered down and looking for ways to keep a camera in our hands. Mark grew up loving street photographer, and a nature shoot was never in his wheelhouse. But the pandemic has moved all of us in a different direction, including shooting at sunrise, rather than just sunset.
This is a time in history when we're all looking for inspiration. Check out Mark's website, along with the LUMIX Ambassador team. The group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photo, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much great content they share. Check out the LUMIX Photographers Facebook page too - there are always great conversations and imaging being shared.
by Mark Toal
I’ve never liked nature photography. I grew up walking the streets of Miami and Miami Beach with my camera and continued doing street photography all my life. With cities and small towns pretty much shut down and being asked to stay at home because of the Covid-19 virus I started to walk to the park a few blocks from my house every morning. As the days get longer, I find myself out walking at sunrise.
This photo I took last week of the Willamette River was just as the sun rose over the trees on the other side of the river. Luckily, I had my Lumix full frame S1 with me and my favorite lens, the Lumix 16-35mm f/4. I saw the curve of the river leading my eye into the sunrise on the trees in the distance and knew I had my image.
Click on either thumbnail above for more information.
"What is the limit of human potential?"
This documentary is shot by Tiffany Murray with LUMIX S1H,
featuring Allison Powell who challenges herself to set a new record to complete the Backbone Trail.
by Skip Cohen
It's Mirrorless Monday, and I love this short film created by Tiffany Murray for a couple of reasons. First, pay attention to the way she's chosen to tell Allison Powell's story. Most of you are still-photographers and experts at storytelling, but being a filmmaker is different. During this downtime we're all trapped in, it's perfect for ideas on fine-tuning your storytelling skills.
The second reason that makes this film unique to me is the Santa Monica Mountains and the trails. Living in California for seven years when I was with Rangefinder/WPPI we often hiked part of the trail - Not the Backbone but pieces of it, and never for more than a few hours. It's a beautiful place, and I can identify with Allison's comment about the quality of time alone.
"Backbone" was captured using the new LUMIX full-frame S1H. For more information about this incredible camera click on the thumbnail below.
Around the country, programs are being offered to help you raise the bar on your skill set. Don't miss out on LUMIX programs. These programs need to be on your radar, so you don't miss the opportunity to become a more diverse artist! Staying informed is just a click away on the banner below.
And if you're looking for ongoing inspiration and expanding your skill set, follow the LUMIX Ambassador team. The group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photo, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much great content they share.
Check out the LUMIX Photography Community on Facebook too. There's a lot of great content being shared by artists around the world!
by Skip Cohen
Last summer Chamira Young and I did a podcast with Gareth Rockliffe on "Beyond Technique." He talked about the way we start out in life and as we grow older, we expand our creativity. He then compared life to being a photographer. Everyone starts out shooting in "P" mode and later develops the skills to use "A","S" and "M."
This is a time in history when, as an artist, you need to find ways to make yourself different. You've got to get out of "P" mode, both literally and figuratively. For example, there are too many photographers who have taken shelter in place to mean everything, including their skillset, marketing, and business.
It's Mirrorless Monday, and Mark Toal is taking us out of "P" mode and in a new direction for most of you. He's sharing some great information on how to set your camera up for time-lapse photography.
Check out more of Mark Toal's work witha visit to his website and blogs. Then follow the LUMIX Ambassador team. The group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photography, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much great content they share.
And in terms of taking full advantage of the time you've got on your hands now - One way to start is to make a list of everything you've always wanted to practice and learn but never had the time. We're stuck in a new way of living, and none of us know whose crystal ball is more accurate in when the pandemic will end.
But one thing we all can agree on - there's time to do a lot of new things!
Mark's shooting with a LUMIX G9, one of my most favorite cameras. Just click on the thumbnails below for more information.
by Mark Toal
I’m trying to think of things that I’ve been putting off doing and time lapse photography came to mind. I fell in love with time-lapse a couple of years ago when I made this video about how to set up time lapse in Panasonic Lumix cameras.
It’s perfect for this time since all you need is a camera, tripod and time, which we all have right now. In this video I use a Lumix G9, but almost all current Lumix cameras and many other brands have this feature built in.
I shared the time lapse video below which Mark created a few years back. It's a different application from the video above, but makes the point about a technique so many of you should add to your skillset for the future.
by Skip Cohen
Most of us know Charles Maring as an outstanding wedding and event photographer, but if you follow him on "Together in Style," you'll quickly learn about his passion for art and music. Then, tune in for a few more episodes, and you'll get to know Jennifer as well. They've built a brand based on style, and they need to be on your radar.
Last week Charles posted this short video, and the combination of the beauty and simplicity of the subject matter, rocks on the beach, is stunning. One image after another left me wishing I had more wall-space at home. I could see each still image as a 40x40 print, or in a gallery.
As he mentions in the video - they're just rocks on the beach. We've all walked by them and never noticed the beauty or the detail.
I hope you'll take three and a half minutes and watch the video. And, keep in mind I'm sharing a screenshot. So, imagine the power of the original images!
Check out more of the Marings with a visit to "Together in Style." Just click on the photograph at the top. Then follow Charles and Jennifer, who are both members of the LUMIX Ambassador team. The group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photography, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much great content they share.
by Skip Cohen
It's "Mirrorless Monday," and having just caught up to my buddy William Innes at WPPI a few days ago, I can't think of a better way to kick off a new week. The video below was shot over a year ago, but there's nothing dated about the technology.
As a LUMIX Ambassador, William has access to the complete LUMIX line. This video, shot while in Columbia, is all about the new LUMIX S series. Shooting with the S1, and the first lens available at the time, the 50mm F/1.4, Panasonic with William's help, takes us through the key features of the new full-frame member of the family.
A fun sidebar: The video was also captured with a LUMIX GH5 and a variety of lenses. There's nothing like keeping the creativity in the family - it was shot by William's son Chris!
The LUMIX tagline has always been "Changing Photography," and that's precisely what the new series has done. In the almost 200 year history of photography, there have never been more creative tools at your fingertips than today, many of them thanks to Panasonic.
As a LUMIX Ambassador, Wiliam is a member of one of the most unique and diverse educational teams in professional photographers. This group of artists and educators represent some of the finest photographers in the industry and should be on your radar. You'll also find them hanging out from time to time in the LUMIX Photographers group on Facebook.
Two things to take note of:
First, the two images I grabbed for the post were screen shots. So, imagine what the quality of the original images must be like! Second, since the video was filmed, Panasonic's introduced a full line of lenses for the S series. Click on the banner below to check out the complete family of LUMIX S lenses.
Stay tuned, because there are more lenses coming in 2020 - because Panasonic NEVER slows down!
by Skip Cohen
We're an industry of artists, and our love for any particular image is always unique to the viewer. My old buddy Dean Collins, when an image of his was criticized, his comment was always the same, "Beauty is in the eyes of the checkbook holder!"
We all have favorites we follow on their websites and in social media, and Mike Peters is one of mine. Two years ago, I did a book for Panasonic and Marathon Press. There were only two copies made for the public display. It was a giant album designed to show the quality of LUMIX cameras combined with Marathon's outstanding quality of Bella Art Albums.
The page at the top of today's post is where I look at my relationship with Mike started, and I shared the image on the left in a post last year. Although now and then a closeup nature shot jumps in, Mike is all about people. As a LUMIX Ambassador, he's out and about capturing his favorite species - humanity.
We can only speculate on the story behind each image, but as a body of work, the story couldn't be more continuously developing or obvious. At a time in the world where the news media captures the challenges in the differences between us - Mike is capturing what makes us all the same. From the intensity of a pensive stare to a smile to communicating and sharing an emotion, he never slows down on his quest to capture another face to add to his own version of The NeverEnding Story.
I love the way Mike describes the images in his galleries:
The images you will see here have been presented as seen, I crop only rarely and work to get the composition nailed in the camera. No pixels were harmed in the making of any of these images! The people you see in these photographs, with the exception of the performances, are regular people, not models or actors. Many are in real situations that were happening in the moment, while others have been a part of a scenario that was set up just for the camera.
Mike needs to be on your radar - follow him on Instagram, or his website. Every image he shares represents another chapter in a day in the life of America. Click on any image to view in the SCU lightbox.
Mike is a LUMIX Ambassador, and a member of one of the most unique and diverse educational teams in professional photographers. This group of artists and educators represent some of the finest photographers in the industry and should be on your radar, along with Mike. You'll also find them hanging out from time to time in the LUMIX Photographers group on Facebook.
Panasonic never slows down on developing creative tools for photographers to raise the bar on the quality of the images they capture. Mike's favorite camera and lens to work with these days is the LUMIX G9 and the Leica 10-25mm F1.7 lens. For more information, click on either thumbnail below.
by Skip Cohen
I love artists who let us take a peek behind the scenes. It's like a door they open to share their ideas and the vision behind their images. All we have to do is walk through it.
BTS videos like this give us a chance to see the preparation to capture each image. They give us a better understanding of not only the skillset involved but the talent of the artists themselves, and their thought process.
While the most effective type of education to grow your skill set will always be hands-on. There's so much you can learn watching a BTS video, especially when you've got three LUMIX Ambassadors in the driver's seat!
As I've written dozens of times, the fun of this industry is in the friendships. Charles and Jennifer Maring and I go back close to twenty years. I've watched their growth as artists, educators, writers, and even entertainers.
Then, with the video below, they brought Photo Joseph into the mix. I haven't known Joseph as long, but he's just as focused on his love for imaging, and diversity. Joseph's joining Charles and Jennifer to capture their story on video.
Lots of people can capture/create beautiful images, but they can't tell you about the process. Even more important is when they can SHOW you what they're doing, and they're comfortable sharing those "secrets."
This video is part of "Together In Style," Charles and Jennifer's educational website, which should be on everybody's radar. They cover a wide variety of information, and their presentation is as high-impact as they are as artists. Photo Joseph's website is packed with great education. He's one of the most diverse educators in imaging and always helping photographers raise the bar on their skillset. Pick just about any topic in professional photography and you'll find it on his website!
As LUMIX Ambassadors, Charles, Jennifer and Photo Joseph are members of one of the most unique and diverse educational teams in professional photographers. This group of artists and educators represent some of the finest photographers in the industry and should be on your radar. You'll also find them hanging out from time to time in the LUMIX Photographers group on Facebook.
And last but certainly not least - Panasonic's tagline is "Changing Photography." Check out the new full-frame S series cameras with a click on the banner below. The S Series is changing photography and filmmaking. Isn't it time you understood what all the buzz is about!
While there's nothing Rick Gerrity can't photograph and probably hasn't, I wanted to share a little of his black and white work, because it brings out so much about him as an artist. I usually love to share the artist's backstory, but this morning I'm going to share it from my perspective.
Rick's a LUMIX Ambassador, and educator teaching all over the US, but most importantly, he's a student of people. His passion is telling the story of America, and that truck of his, which is approaching 500,000 miles, is proof of his road-warrior mentality to go everywhere it goes! All along the way, no matter where he's headed, a LUMIX camera is never out of reach. He described the combination of his LUMIX G9 with the Leica 10-25mm lens as a "life-changing combo!"
The fun of this industry is always about the friendships, and I first met Rick in 2013 when our mutual buddy, Tom Curley, was getting the Ambassador team started. Since then, thanks to cyberspace, I've been able to follow him all over the country as he documents Americana. And, while I love so much of his work, I chose black and white for today's post because B&W is so pure of the distraction of color - each image is about the personality of the subject or simply the moment. If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then Rick's already surpassed everything Shakespeare ever wrote.
But another aspect of knowing Rick is the fun of what he shares. Because of my affiliation with Platypod, he sent me the image on the right over the weekend, and the video below. While out and about in South Jersey, Rick was playing in the mud.
He used a Platypod Max with his G9 to capture the video. He had it tied to a tree as he took his truck in and out of a mud puddle just smaller than Lake Erie!
On one side of my home are two tables and all of Sheila's gardening tools and flower pots. She loves to garden, and I had a sign made that says, "Sheila's Garden Shop - Some kids just like to play in the dirt!" Well, obviously, Sheila's not alone.
For more information on Rick's favorite camera and lens combo, click on either thumbnail below. The G9 is also my favorite, but I love the versatility of the 14-140mm lens.
Rick should be on your radar. Click on any of his black and white images above to visit his Instagram page, where he shares most of his work. Even better, he's on the road right now and headed to Virginia to do a Travel Photography seminar at Ace Photo Inc. and then on to Texas to Precision Camera for another seminar on street photography.
As a LUMIX Ambassador, Rick's part of one of the most unique and diverse educational teams in professional photographers. This group of artists and educators represent some of the finest photographers in the industry and should be on your radar. You'll also find them hanging out from time to time in the LUMIX Photographers group on Facebook.
Earlier in the month, I shared an image of Jordan Bunch's I simply loved. It got mixed reviews, but reminded me what any of us think of an image doesn't matter - "beauty is in the eyes of the checkbook holder." So, if your client loved it, that's all that matters.
Besides the feel of the photograph, what I loved was that it was SOOC ( Straight Out of Camera.) Jordan Bunch shared two more images from that same wedding, all of them right out of the can. It's a perfect reminder of the importance of knowing what you're doing on the front-end, rather than cleaning up files in post-production and wasting time that could be invested in other aspects of growing your skillset and business.
Click on either image to see more of Jordan's work. And as a LUMIX Ambassador, he's always sharing great images. This group of artists and educators represent some of the finest photographers in the industry and should be on your radar. You'll also find them hanging out from time to time in the LUMIX Photographers group on Facebook.
Check out the new full-frame S1R with a click on any of the thumbnails below. Panasonic's never strayed from their tagline of "Changing Photography."
Click on any of the images below for info about the LUMIX Full-Frame S Series
We've postponed the f64 Lunch Bunch for a few weeks. There's so much going on in everybody's lives right now in terms of help and education. However, we're all still here to help and just an email away.
And if you missed the May 6 lunch with Bobbi Lane and Tony Corbell - it's pretty amazing. The video is just a click away.
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The pandemic may have moved the dates for 2020 to August 10-13, 2021, but that's NOT slowing Team ClickCon down. Stay tuned for new programs online with ClickCon Nation! It all starts on August 11th.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.